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Narathiwat is sub divided into 13 districts ( Amphoe ), which are further sub

divided into 77 sub districts ( Tambon ) and 551 villages ( Muban ).

1)   Mueang Narathiwat   2)   Tak Bai   3)   Bacho   4)   Yi-ngo   5)   Ra-ngae    

6)   Rueso    7)   Si Sakhon   8)   Waeng    9)   Sukhirin 10)   Su-ngai Kolok

(   11)   u-ngai Padi   12)   hanae   13)   Cho-airong


There has been growing violence in southern Thailand since January 4, 2004, especially in the majority Muslim provinces of Narathiwat, Yala, and Pattani. Most of the inhabitants of these provinces are ethnic Malays, though the cities are mainly Thai and Thai Chinese. Violent mujahideen activity has happened since the 1980's, but it had lessened before Thaksin Shinawatra became Prime Minister in 2001. The majority do not seem to support the Islamic separatists, but many were nevertheless disaffected by the perceived heavy-handedness of the crackdown by the central government.

On October 26, 2004, 78 Narathiwat Muslim protestors suffocated after hundreds were arrested and stacked in police trucks in Tak Bai, allegedly for taking part in riots in the province.

On June 8, 2009, at least ten died in a shooting during the Muslim evening prayers. Five or six gunmen disguised themselves with ski masks and attacked a mosque. The army in has denied involvement.

Because of regional unrest visitors to Narathiwat should exercise special caution and remain vigilant regarding their personal security.

Travellers should be aware of occasion security measures in affected areas, such as curfews, military patrols, or random searches of train passengers.

In 2004, long-simmering resentment in the southern-most Muslim-majority provinces burst into widespread violence in Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala provinces. Some rebel groups have threatened foreigners, and three foreigners were killed in bombings in Hat Yai (in neighbouring Songkhla Province) Further tourists and locals fell victim to this violence ever since. Main target of bomb attacks seem to be public markets, hotels, entertainment venues and shopping areas. Train services have repeatedly halted to all three southernmost provinces due to rebel activities targeting trains and killings of train staff.